The journalism here is relentless 

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The journalism here is relentless 
October 5th, 2017
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For years, the media has been experimenting with online subscriptions and paywalls as a way to make up for lost print advertising and rising costs. But Google had used a “first click free” policy that allowed users of its search engine to bypass paywalls on news websites. No more. Some are viewing Google’s announcement that it plans to end the “first click free” policy as move that could help newspaper and magazine publishers boost online subscription numbers. Andrew Blum, a PR consultant and media trainer and principal of AJB Communications, takes a look at what it means and where we might be heading. Check out his new post on the Muck Rack blog, Google and the media paywall: Will readers pay for news?

The answer is persistence

We have quite a round-up of incredible reporting for you in today’s Daily.

First up, “Can't wait to see who plays @rachanadixit and @ddiamond in the movie version,” says Jason Millman. He links to the piece from POLITICO’s Dan Diamond and Rachana Pradhan, How We Found Tom Price’s Private Jets. Nicholas Riccardi says, “These reporters deserve all the raves they've been getting.” Tweets Amy Fiscus, “love the backstory to Politico’s Tom Price scoops. As always, the answer is persistence.” Laura Litvan agrees: “LOOK at what reporters who broke Tom Price flight scandal did to break story. Persistence, wow.” “#Gumshoeing.” tweets Matt Gephardt.

“Speaking of awesome investigative reporting, check out this on how US consumers unwittingly subsidize North Korea,” tweets Riccardi. As AP tweets, “AP Investigation: Americans buying salmon at Walmart, ALDI may have subsidized North Korea as it builds nukes.” The story: NKorean workers prepare seafood for US stores, restaurants, by AP’s Tim Sullivan, Hyung-Jin Kim and Martha Mendoza. Tweets Meg Kinnard, “AP investigation reveals for 1st time some products NKorean workers make go to the US, which is now a federal crime.” “Great work by @AP’s @hyungjin1972, @ByTimSullivan & @mendozamartha,” tweets Ted Anthony.

At The Washington Post, Arelis R. Hernandez and Jenna Johnson reveal A tale of two Puerto Ricos: What Trump saw - and what he didn’t. Tweets Johnson, “The story of two Puerto Ricos: The affluent suburb Trump visited and a struggling mountain city just 10 miles away.” “Excellent reporting. Trump toured a rich suburb largely spared from Maria; here's what was happening 10 miles away,” tweets Daniel Dale. And “This is an astonishing exchange,” tweets Annie Lowrey, of Trump’s reaction to water purification kits. “Wow. Wow. Wow,” tweets Daniella Diaz.

Las Vegas stories

More great reporting comes from Jeff German of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Strip shooter targeted aviation fuel tanks, source says. “Incredible story reported by @JGermanRJ,” tweets Greg Haas.

At The Daily Beast, Justin Glawe tells the story of the “good guy without a gun,” in Unarmed Security Guard Jesus Campos Took On Las Vegas Killer Stephen Paddock. “Hero,” says Henry Langston.

Las Vegas Gunman Chased Gambling’s Payouts and Perks, report John Branch, Serge Kovaleski and Sabrina Tavernise of The New York Times. Tweets Branch, “From Las Vegas, writing about shooter's gambling life, w/ incredible National folks like @sergenyt and @stavernise.” “Excellent piece on Paddock's gambling style - math-heavy, fast, serious, lucrative, low-profile, absent all emotion,” tweets Ellen Barry. Naila-Jean Meyers notes this detail: “The night before the shooting, Paddock made complaints about noise coming from his downstairs neighbors.” “Best story I've read about the Vegas shooter-a calculated, emotionless gambler,” tweets Rukmini Callimachi.

And at USA Today, Aamer Madhani and Doug Stanglin report, Las Vegas shooter booked a room facing Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago in August. “Law enforcement official confirms TMZ report that Paddock booked rooms overlooking Lollapalooza,” tweets Justin Miller. Here’s that TMZ story.

More amazing reporting

Adrienne LaFrance says, “This is an extraordinary work of journalism.” She’s referring to Death at a Penn State Fraternity, by Caitlin Flanagan in The Atlantic. Jeffrey Goldberg tweets, “An astonishing investigation by @CaitlinPacific of a death at Penn State. Incredible reporting.” Says Alex Macpherson, “The journalism here is relentless, the horror indescribable.”

And how about this: “When your drug rehab center is really a slave-labor chicken plant. Amazing reporting by @shoeshine @amyjharris,” tweets Aaron Glantz, of They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants, by Amy Julia Harris and Shoshana Walter of Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. The piece takes you “Inside the slave farm masquerading as a drug treatment center. Incredible reporting from @amyjharris & @shoeshine,” tweets Ryan Mac. Tweets Kathleen Hayden, “Investigative piece from @reveal: Addiction rehab centers for defendants often nothing more than work camps.” Also, “Think abt this: work @ chicken plants so awful, they rely on vulnerable immigrants, addicts or prisoners,” tweets Tracy Weber.

Newsroom news

“I am always proud to work for @ProPublica... but especially today. Come join us amazing local journalists!” says Ariana Tobin. She links to Join ProPublica’s New Project to Work With Local Newsrooms. Tweets Charles Ornstein, “I ♥️ @ProPublica for many reasons but this is super special. Sharing our money and mission.” “I think this is the coolest thing: @ProPublica wants to pay for 6 investigative journalists in local newsrooms,” tweets Ken Schwencke. Richard J. Tofel says it’s “An important new initiative to help fill a critical gap in our country.”

“Big news from famously nonunion L.A. Times: newsroom staff says it has the cards to unionize, from @melbournecoal,” tweets Kevin McKenna. Sydney Ember of The New York Times is reporting Los Angeles Times Newsroom, Challenging Tronc, Goes Public With Union Push. Tweets Laura Nelson, “When a newsroom makes news: A majority of Los Angeles Times journalists have signed cards requesting a union.”

Your life blows

So about those “moron” comments and denials. The Washington Post’s Anne Gearan, Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker report on ‘A death spiral’: Tillerson makes nice but may not last long with Trump. “This is quite a sentence,” says Daniel Dale, referring to, “And as Tillerson has traveled the globe, Trump believes his top diplomat often seems more concerned with what the world thinks of the United States than with tending to the president’s personal image.”

“You were Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon. Now you're Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State to Donald Trump. Your life blows.” Welcome to Rex Tillerson's life, writes Axios’s Mike Allen.

Making the rounds:

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: For her 81st birthday, Judi Dench got a tattoo on her right wrist. What does it say?

Answer: Carpe Diem

Congrats to Ron Casalotti, who was first again to tweet in the correct answer. We agree with Jessica Haynes, who added, “What an amazing lady.”

Your question of the day for today is…The FDA recently released a warning letter to a Massachusetts bakery company about one of the ingredients listed in its granola. What’s the offending ingredient?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack.

Career Updates
Kleinman gets FN column, Patterson joins New Yorker

Mark Kleinman, Sky News’ City Editor, will start writing a column on finance and business for Financial News (FN). His first column will be published on October 9. He has previously worked for The Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times.

Troy Patterson, who has been the style editor for Bloomberg Pursuits for the past year, is joining The New Yorker as a cultural critic online, writing primarily about television. Prior to Bloomberg, he wrote the “On Clothing” column for The New York Times Magazine. He’s previously been the television critic at Slate, the film critic at Spin and the book critic at Entertainment Weekly.

Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email us (hello [at] muckrack [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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